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Chorus America champions the dedicated choral singer by developing online resources and tools to advance skills and promoting connections between singers. We recognize that choral singing is the most popular form of participation in the performing arts, that choral singers are active and engaged citizens, and that children who sing have greater academic success and social skills.

Articles

Different Voice Types, Different Points of View

Different Voice Types, Different Points of View

Lauren Rosenthal | Singing

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sing a vocal part other than your own? A playful series from Classical Minnesota Public Radio takes a look at the world from soprano, alto, tenor, and bass perspectives. Read more

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Star-Spangled Mythbusting

Star-Spangled Mythbusting

Correcting the History of America’s National Anthem

Mark Clague | Civic Engagement, Composing/Commissioning, History, Repertoire

For the 200th anniversary of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” a musicologist takes a closer look at the history of the anthem. Read more

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What's Your Story?

What's Your Story?

A B.O.L.D. Approach to Community Engagement

Kelsey Menehan | Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Impact/Value, Innovation, Participation

What choruses can learn from a dance company that uses its art form to help communities tell their own stories. Read more

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Building Community While Doing Research: the Community of Voices Senior Choir Project

Building Community While Doing Research: the Community of Voices Senior Choir Project

A research project about the impact of choir participation on seniors' health builds momentum for lifelong singing.

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Health, Research/Data, Singing

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Member Spotlight: Joyce Garrett

Member Spotlight: Joyce Garrett

“Choir is a tool for transforming lives.”

Kelsey Menehan | Diversity, Education, Schools, Singing

Joyce Garrett knew from a young age that she wanted to work with choirs. What she didn't realize was that this desire would lead her to change the lives of hundreds of high school students along the way.  Read more

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Community Sings

Community Sings

How to Get the Whole Room Singing

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Impact/Value, Participation, Singing

Experienced song leaders share what they've learned about the special magic of bringing together a group of ordinary people in song. Read more

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One Anthem, One Country

One Anthem, One Country

Liza Beth | Diversity, History, Impact/Value, Singing

How Nelson Mandela shaped a national anthem that united South Africans in song. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Donald Schell, Music That Makes Community

Member Spotlight: Donald Schell, Music That Makes Community

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Education, General, Health, Impact/Value, Innovation, Participation, Singing

Making music makes us human. So says Donald Schell, who along with his colleague Rick Fabian, leads Music That Makes Community, an organization that helps churches and other community groups break down the barriers to confident and nourishing group singing. Read more

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Improve Your Sight-Singing Before Your Next Audition

Improve Your Sight-Singing Before Your Next Audition

Shauna Fallihee | Adults/Seniors, Education, General, Participation, Performance, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool, Volunteer

For many choral singers, sight-singing is the scariest part of an audition. But with a little practice, you can get better at it. Here are some ideas to try before your next audition. Read more

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How Important is Sight-Singing?

How Important is Sight-Singing?

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Education, Singing, Technique/Tool

It’s a question many singers ask themselves, especially right before their chorus audition. What are conductors really looking for? Is it perfection? Read more

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Resources

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Relaxing the Tongue

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Relaxing the Tongue

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

The practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark demonstrates how to train the powerful tongue muscle to cooperate with rather than hinder the singing process. Read more

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The Choral Warm-Ups of Robert Shaw

The Choral Warm-Ups of Robert Shaw

Pamela Elrod Huffman | Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

Believing that the chorus was a corporate entity with a spirit of kinship, famed conductor Robert Shaw used the warm-up period to focus on matters of tuning, tone color, ensemble blend, acoustical conditions, and development of the dynamic palette. We've compiled several of his warm-ups. Read more

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The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Achieving Relaxed Alertness

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Achieving Relaxed Alertness

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

The practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark demonstrates how being both relaxed and alert can bring greater freedom in singing. Read more

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The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Vocalizing To Release Tension

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Vocalizing To Release Tension

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

Through a self-discovery process using movement, the practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark guides a singer to notice and then release tension while vocalizing. Read more

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The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Releasing Eye Tension

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Releasing Eye Tension

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

The practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark demonstrates how releasing tension around the eyes contributes to less effortful singing. Read more

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The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Opening the Throat

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Opening the Throat

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

The practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark demonstrates how opening the throat releases tension and allows for greater freedom in singing. Read more

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The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Centering with the Breath

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Centering with the Breath

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

The practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark demonstrates the use of breath to center and stabilize the singing process. Read more

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The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Introduction

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Introduction

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

You know that freed-up feeling where it seems your body is singing itself? Singers yearn for more of that, but myriad stresses, tensions, confusions, and vocal issues can get in the way. Through a self-discovery process using movement, the practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video series, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark describes and demonstrates how this approach has helped her—and the singers she works with—release tension and find greater freedom in their singing. Read more

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Virtual Voice Lesson: The Farinelli Breath Exercises

Virtual Voice Lesson: The Farinelli Breath Exercises

Shauna Fallihee | Singing, Technique/Tool

Carlo Broschi, known as Farinelli, was a famous, and wildly popular castrato of the early 1700s. One of the secrets to his magnificent voice was the seemingly unending stream of breath that supported it. Voice teacher Shauna Fallihee demonstrates the breathing exercises Farinelli created to strengthen the intercostal muscles. Read more

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Warm-Ups for What Ails You: Lack of Breath Control

Warm-Ups for What Ails You: Lack of Breath Control

Rebecca Achenbach | Singing, Technique/Tool

Work on your breath control with these exercises from choral conductor and voice teacher Rebecca Achenbach. Read more

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Events

Verona International Choral Competition

Verona International Choral Competition

Verona and lake Garda, Italy

Jodi Breckenridge | Singing

Perform before an international panel of esteemed judges in Verona’s historic Teatro Nuovo at this friendly choral competition.  Receive valuable feedback from the jury and compete for a cash prize and trophies.   Everyone returns home a winner, with new choral friends from around the world!  In addition to the adjudication, individual concerts and Friendship Concerts with Italian hosts round out this exciting performance opportunity. www.music-contact.com Read more

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Discover Puerto Rico Choral Festival

Discover Puerto Rico Choral Festival

Ponce, Puerto Rico

Jodi Breckenridge | Singing

Join choirs from across the United States and Canada at the Discover Puerto Rico Choral Festival. Perform for appreciative audiences in the culturally rich southern Puerto Rico city of Ponce. Broaden your understanding of the unique aspects of Caribbean and Puerto Rican choral traditions during a workshop at the Juan Morel Campos Institute of Music in Ponce. www.music-contact.com Read more

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Festival of Peace and Brotherhood

Festival of Peace and Brotherhood

Rome and Castelli Romani, Italy

Jodi Breckenridge | Singing

Visiting ensembles will be welcomed to this historic region of Italy by local musicians, city authorities, and host organization officials. Festival concerts take place in breathtaking venues throughout the cities and towns of the areas surrounding the southeast of Rome. www.music-contact.com Read more

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Young Prague

Young Prague

Prague, Czech Republic

Jodi Breckenridge | Children/Youth

Join choirs, bands, and orchestras from around the world at Young Prague, one of the most culturally diverse and enjoyable European events for young musicians ages 8-26. This festival and competition, now in its fourteenth year, gives youth choirs, bands, and orchestras the unique opportunity to showcase their talent and skill along with over 1,000 other musicians. www.Music-Contact.com Read more

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Side by Side by Sondeheim

Side by Side by Sondeheim

200 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Vox Femina Los ... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Marketing/Public Relations, Networking, Performance, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Singing, Venue

Join us for a fun and light-hearted evening of solos, duets and choral pieces from American lyricist and composer, Stephen Sondheim.  And for a special treat, KT Sullivan will be joining us on stage! Read more

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Spring Concert

Spring Concert

Larchmont, New York

H.Joyce Duffy | Audiences

The Westchester Chorale presents the spirited and melodious Petite Messe Solennelle composed by Giaocchino Rossini in 1863 in Paris.  Admission: General: $25.Seniors: $22.Students: $10 914-237-9546; or  www.westchesterchorale.org Read more

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EPIC: Blockbuster Music from Video Games & Film

EPIC: Blockbuster Music from Video Games & Film

4350 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010

Green Gal | Adults/Seniors, Audiences

Angel City Chorale, the acclaimed Los Angeles choir led by Artistic Director Sue Fink, will present EPIC: Blockbuster Music from Video Games & Film, its thrilling annual spring concerts, the first weekend in June. This adventurous event will entertain audiences over two very special nights on Saturday, June 6, and Sunday, June 7, 2015. ACC’s 150+ member choir and its instrumental ensemble will perform a diverse selection of music from the exciting worlds of video games and film in the choir’s eclectic blend of styles, including classical, pop, world, folk, jazz, gospel, and R&B. “The best and brightest composers are writing for video games these days,” says ACC’s Fink. “Talented artists are pouring their souls into this art form, which presents fantastic opportunities to play with a world of sounds in endlessly creative possibilities. This is where it’s happening, where fresh, fun, brilliant new music is emerging." Read more

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Men's Choral  June 13, 2015

Men's Choral June 13, 2015

19 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield, NJ

jd_gsjc | Singing

 Tenors and Basses from all types of choruses are invited to join together and sing music from the rich men’s choral tradition. Share your voice and your enthusiasm.         Read more

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Men's Choral  June 13, 2015

Men's Choral June 13, 2015

19 Kings Highway East Haddonfield, NJ

jd_gsjc | Singing

  Tenors and Basses from all types of choruses are invited to join together and sing music from the rich men’s choral tradition. Share your voice and your enthusiasm.         Read more

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Dialogue

Questions During Rehearsal?

Questions During Rehearsal?

Anonymous | Rehearsal, Singing

Singers, does your conductor allow questions during rehearsal? What are the pros and cons from your perspective? Read more

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